World Refugee Sunday
June 20th is World Refugee Day, and shortly after it was established, the World Evangelical Alliance declared the Sundays before and after June 20th to be World Refugee Sunday. In 2018 World Refugee Sunday falls on June 17th and June 24th.
Refugee Sunday is a wonderful opportunity for our community to learn more about God’s heart for refugees and to get involved with serving refugees in our local community.
Why Should Christians be Concerned About Refugees? The Bible is filled with exhortations to care for the needy, vulnerable, marginalized and oppressed. Followers of Jesus Christ are called to be humble people living lives marked by mercy, justice and hospitality. Followers of Jesus are motivated to seek the protection and welfare of refugees because by serving them, we serve Jesus.
Political persecution forced Jesus and his family to flee in the night to Egypt when he was a young child. Upon their return, they did not feel it was safe to return to their hometown in Judea and settled elsewhere (in Nazareth). Jesus personally identifies with the refugee and returnee. They can also identify with him. Jesus identified himself with the stranger to the point of saying that when we invite a stranger into our space, we welcome him (Matthew 25:35). In similar fashion, Jesus identified himself with the hungry, the thirsty, those needing clothing, the sick and the prisoner.
Forcibly displaced people often experience all of these conditions. In a time of multiple humanitarian crises forcing tens of millions to flee their homes and countries of origin, followers of Jesus Christ would do well to rediscover our God‐given responsibility and privilege to seek the protection and welfare of forcibly displaced people in the world.
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